There are clear, well-documented links between high attendance and student success. The University records student attendance in all first year undergraduate (1000 level) courses. Attendance is not recorded in lectures, but is recorded in all other activities, including tutorials, labs, workshops and field trips.
Key points about recording student attendance
- 80% attendance is required at all learning sessions, with the exception of whole-class lectures, for all students in 1000 level courses. Lectures and online learning sessions are NOT included.
- The University uses ExLibris’ internationally-used campusM software for recording attendance. This software connects to our timetabling system and the myUON app, which uses geolocation to confirm that the student is present in the location of the scheduled class i.e marked 'present' in the class roll. The app only checks the student’s location at the time of the class. It does not track movement outside of the classroom. This technology has been used to record attendance at universities around the world.
- Students who are unable to or do not wish to use a device to check-in can ask their academic staff member to check in for them (i.e. the student doesn’t need to use their own device). This method also does not record a location.
- Students who experience circumstances beyond their control and have been unable to attend 80% of classes which have an attendance requirement will be able to apply for adverse circumstances consideration.
- Details of the attendance requirements are included in the 2021 terms and conditions of enrolment and the myUON app contains a statement outlining our obligations to privacy. The University’s Privacy Management Plan ensures all information captured in the roll out of the compulsory attendance policy will be confidentially managed in accordance with NSW Privacy Laws and will be securely held and used only for the purposes as outlined in the 2021 terms and conditions of enrolment.
Please be assured this software does NOT track students, it simply records that a student was present in a specific teaching location at the specified time.
Do you have more questions about recording attendance?
You can find a comprehensive range of questions and answers about recording student attendance at AskUON.
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